2012 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

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2012 Atlantic 10 Men's
Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 2011–12
Teams 12
Site Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Champions St. Bonaventure (1st title)
Winning coach Mark Schmidt (1st title)
MVP Andrew Nicholson St. Bonaventure
Attendance 6,101
Television CBSSR, CBSSN, CBS
Post-Atlantic 10
tournament(s)
2012 NIT, 2012 NCAA,
2012 CBI, 2012 CIT
Atlantic 10 Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«2011  2013»
2011–12 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 13 3   .813     24 8   .750
Saint Louis 12 4   .750     26 8   .765
Xavier 10 6   .625     23 13   .639
St. Bonaventure 10 6   .625     20 12   .625
UMass 9 7   .563     26 11   .703
La Salle 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
Dayton 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
Saint Joseph's 9 7   .563     20 14   .588
Duquesne 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Richmond 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
Charlotte 5 11   .313     13 17   .433
George Washington 5 11   .313     10 21   .323
Rhode Island 4 12   .250     7 24   .226
Fordham 3 13   .188     10 19   .345
2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
As of March 13, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament was played initially at campus sites for the opening round on March 6, 2012 and subsequently at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey from March 9 through March 11, 2012.[1] It was the sixth consecutive year that the tournament was hosted in Boardwalk Hall, matching the longest streak at one site since the tournament was held at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1997–2002. However, it was the tournament's final year in the run at Boardwalk Hall, as the event will move to Brooklyn's new Barclays Center in 2013. The 2012 tournament will also be the last to use campus sites for the opening round, as all tournament games will be played in Brooklyn under the new deal.[2]

The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Seeding for the tournament is determined by the conference standings at the end of the regular season.[3] The last two teams in the standings do not qualify for the tournament. Opening round games are played at the home of the higher (lower number) seed.

The championship game was nationally televised on CBS.[4]

Tie-breakers[edit]

  • Xavier earned the 3rd seed over St. Bonaventure with a 1–0 record in head-to-head games.
  • Four teams (Dayton, La Salle, Massachusetts, and Saint Joseph's) broke a tie for 5th place with a 9–7 conference record, which was done by comparing the composite head-to-head records of all tied teams.[5] Saint Joseph's earned the 5th seed, as they went 3–1 (.750) in games against the other three schools. Dayton earned the 6th seed with a 2–1 (.667) record, La Salle the 7th seed with a 2–2 (.500) record, and Massachusetts the 8th with a 1–4 (.200) record.
  • Duquesne earned the 9th seed over Richmond with a 1–0 record in head-to-head games.
  • George Washington and Charlotte split their season series 1–1. However, George Washington earned the 11th seed over Charlotte by virtue of an 0–1 mark against Xavier (Charlotte went 0–2 against Xavier).[6]

Notes[edit]

2012 marks the first year when Rhode Island did not qualify for the tournament, since the league adopted the current format in 2006. Fordham did not qualify for the fourth consecutive year.

Bracket[edit]

  First Round
Campus Sites
March 6, 2012
Quarterfinals
Boardwalk Hall
March 9, 2012
Semifinals
Boardwalk Hall
March 10, 2012
Championship Game
Boardwalk Hall
March 11, 2012
                                     
        
  1  Temple 71  
    8  Massachusetts 77  
8  Massachusetts 92
9  Duquesne 83  
  8  Massachusetts 80  
  4  St. Bonaventure 84  
        
        
  4  St. Bonaventure 71
    5  Saint Joseph's 68  
5  Saint Joseph's 80
12  Charlotte 64  
  4  St. Bonaventure 67
  3  Xavier 56
        
        
  2  Saint Louis 78
    7  La Salle 71  
7  La Salle 80
10  Richmond 72  
  2  Saint Louis 64
  3  Xavier 71  
        
        
  3  Xavier 70
    6  Dayton 69  
6  Dayton 67
11  George Washington 50  

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